A Lincoln police officer radioed for help Tuesday after feeling ill while handling what turned out to be a heroin-based substance during an arrest.

The officer, whose name was not released, reported feeling “warm, tingling arms and an accelerated heart rate,” said Officer Angela Sands, a Lincoln police spokeswoman. The officer began feeling better almost immediately after a Lancaster County sheriff’s deputy arrived and administered Narcan, a medication used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.

The officer was taken to a hospital by ambulance and released a short time later.

The incident occurred shortly after 6 p.m. when the officer arrested a 57-year-old man on a warrant. The officer searched the man’s pockets before placing him in the police cruiser and found rolling papers “containing a white and gray substance.”

The substance tested positive for a heroin base, police said. Police are investigating whether the substance may have been laced with fentanyl, a powerful opioid.

It was the first time a Lincoln police officer has been treated with Narcan in the line of duty “and is an example of why training and resources need to be available to first responders,” Sands said.

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